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HOWTO Flash Firmware of a Samsung DVD writer
Since I was not happy with the instructions given on Samsung website, I thought, I write my own. Here is it.
Please read also the firmware chapter of the FAQ since additional information is provided there.
1. Obtaining firmware
Get the firmware for your drive from Samsung official support websites:
Formerly, Samsung provided firmware and flash utility as separate files to download (I'll call it "classic" furtheron). Newer firmware releases contain both in a self-executing (ZIP) archive (I'll call it "all-in-1" furtheron). So your download is either some .exe or a .bin file, depending on the firmware version.
If you got a .bin file, you can get the flash utility - SFDNWIN - from here: sfdnwin.exe download.
Users of Vista and Win7 should use TSDNWIN instead: tsdnwin.exe download. Tsdnwin also works with XP and Windows 2000.
Put it into the same folder as your firmware .bin files.
2. How it works
Both - the classic and the all-in-1 - work basically the same way:
The all-in-1 package extracts sfdnwin.exe (the flasher) and autorun.bin (the firmware file) to C:\Temp. If this folder does not exist, then it will be created. Administrative permissions are required.
2.1 Run Flasher
Run the executable you downloaded, either the all-in-1 package as shown here
Now select the drive you want to flash
The flash utility is ready then.
2.2 Load firmware
Klick on the "load file" button
and browse for the firmware file you want to flash into your drive. If you used the "all-in-1", then "autorun.bin" will be offered by default (*):
2.3 Flash firmware
Klick on the "download" button to start the firmware update process:
Then you have to wait and watch the progress bar until the process is finished
After clicking on "OK", your system will be rebooted immediately.
Official instructions for using the "One-Click" Method can be found on SamsungODD website: http://www.samsungodd.com/eng/Firmwa...wnload/FW1.htm
* Strange things happen, if you also have .bin firmwares near the "all-in-1" package:
Last edited by mciahel; 09-04-2010 at 23:57. Reason: Links updated
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Re: HOWTO Flash Firmware of a Samsung DVD writer
With their latest firmwares, Samsung has published a new firmware flasher also: TSDNWIN
Usage is basically the same as with the older SFDNWIN utility:
The "-NOCHECK" commandline parameter still works
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HOWTO Flash Firmware of a Samsung DVD writer (DOS)
For the users of non-Windows operating systems, there are also DOS flashers - SFDNDOS and the newer TSDNDOS - available. These DOS-flashers can be found on Dell support website.
Just use the search engine there, grab the firmware that contains the desired flasher, extract with 7-zip and you're set.
Next step is to get the firmware for your own drive (see post #1). Since the firmware packages offered by Samsung are self-extracting ZIP-archives, there shouldn't be a problem extracting the firmware file (your_firmware.bin)
Put both, firmware and flasher onto a drive you can access after having booted up your system into plain DOS (Floppy, USB-Stick, etc.) In case you want to use a bootable CD, make sure, this disc is not used in the drive you want to apply the firmware update. On modern computers, a bootable USB-Stick is the most convenient method.
Usage is simple:
After having booted to plain DOS, navigate to the location you have put flasher and firmware. Then submit this command:
sfdndos your_firmware.bin [port] [option]
The parameters [port] and [option] are optional and can be omitted:
[port]= SM (secondary master), SS (secondary slave), TM (third master), TS (third slave), not sure if PM (primary master) or PS (primary slave) do work also. This parameter might be useful in case the drive is no longer recognised and has to be "blind" flashed.Examples:
Flashes firmware to a recognized drivesfdndos firmware.bin SM
Flashes firmware on a drive that is on secondary mastersfdndos firmware.bin -n
Flashes firmware to a drive without checking if firmware and drive fitsfdndos firmware.bin SS -n
Flashes firmware to a drive on secondary slave without checking if firmware and drive fit
If you get the message UPDATE SUCCESSFUL, you're ready.
Restart your computer then.
Usage of TSDNDOS is basically the same.
Do not restart earlier, you might kill your drive.
Before you get the message
"UPDATE SUCCESSFUL", there are messages indicating the progress of the flashing process:
"Update STEP(nn).. Successful." (nn is a number starting from 1 and ending at 34)
Wait until the final "UPDATE SUCCESSFUL (At this time please reboot your computer)" message appears.
(Thanks to NewFish for reporting this )
Last edited by mciahel; 11-01-2010 at 22:25. Reason: Added important information
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Re: HOWTO Flash Firmware of a Samsung DVD writer (DOS)
Samsung ODD now released a flasher for Apple's Mac computers: TSDNMAC
You can get TSDNMAC from here: http://samsungodd.com/KorLib/File/TSDNMAC.ZIP
TSDNMAC works exactly the same way like the Windows version, but you need the "naked" firmware in .bin format. These are readily available from SamsungODD firmware download website for drives, that are listed with an Apple icon. For all other drives, you need to extract the .bin firmware from the Windows package, which is nothing else than a (self-executable) ZIP archive.
Detailled instructions about the usage can be obtained from here: http://www.samsungodd.com/kor/Firmwa...oad/maceng.htm
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